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Hi I'm Michelle

I grew up in Washington. I love simplicity, music, great movies, and even greater books.

About Me

I love movies. You could even say that I'm kind of a "movieaholic." I love seeing the stories play out and connecting with the characters, music, and themes that abound in them. I love books for many of the same reasons. I love the things that I am able to learn from books about life in all its aspects; history, math, science, family life, sorrow and joy, and human experience. I also love music and the power that it carries and possesses to touch people's hearts. I play the flute and piano and love being able to play in groups and make beautiful music, like the music that I love from movie soundtracks and many other genres. I'm a student at BYU studying English. I also love the gospel and the simplicity of it and am now serving a mission to share this gospel that has changed my life with others of my brothers and sisters in the Argentina Mendoza mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that he loves me and that he wants the best for me and that through this gospel I can come to know him and become more like him. I'm a Mormon because I've seen it change lives. It has definitely changed mine. In high school and directly after, I was able to watch as two of my best friends investigated the church and were baptized. It was through my experiences with them and seeing their happiness and joy grow as they learned about the gospel and felt the spirit that really testified to me of the love that God and Jesus Christ have for me and for everyone on this earth. I'm a Mormon and I continue to strive to live accordingly because the gospel is simple and because I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and that this is the way to return to him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my visiting teaching and most recently by deciding to serve as a missionary.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Michelle
Mormons are asked to donate 10% of their income to the church as tithing because it´s a commandment from God. It´s really as simple as that, sometimes we don´t understand why God gives certain commandments, but if we know that God exists and that he loves us then we can show our love for him by keeping his commandments. This commandment has been around forever, even Abraham paid tithing and so do we. I love this analogy about cars with this. It´s like if I bought my sister 10 brand new cars she would be pretty darn happy, and she would be grateful for that gift. She might even think that it´s too much. And what would happen if I asked for just one of those cars back to use to help me get around and to do what I needed to? She would give it back, right? It´s the same with tithing. God has given us everything. Everything that we have is a blessing from him, he just asks for 10% back to help further his work and to help build his kingdom on earth. And like the scripture in Malachi says, as we pay our tithing, "the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them." He will pour down blessings, not drop or soley give, but pour. That is a great promise, a great promise that we can recieve. And that´s why we pay tithing. It is a commandment and by keeping the commandments we show our love for our Heavenly Father and recieve blessings and increased faith. Show more Show less